Qualification Recognition

Academic recognition refers to determining the academic value of a qualification, i.e. it determines whether the foreign qualification, in principle, meets the general academic requirements for a similar qualification in Lithuania. It is carried out in accordance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention (LRC) and its subsidiary documents. The principles of the Convention have been transferred into our national legislation.

Recognition, in consonance with the principles of the LRC, is given according to the five elements:

  • Quality;
  • Profile;
  • Workload;
  • Learning outcomes;
  • Level.

Detailed information regarding each evaluation element can be found here

Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) was given the right to carry out the academic recognition of foreign qualifications by the Minister of Education and Science in the 2017 July 21 order no. V-589 “On Granting the Right to VMU to Carry Out Academic Recognition of Education and Qualifications Related to Higher Education and Acquired Under the Educational Programs of the Foreign States and International Organizations”.

Assessment and academic recognition at VMU is approved by decision No. SEN-N-33 of May 25, 2022, of Vytautas Magnus University Senate.

The evaluation and recognition of qualifications is the main step of the admission procedure. Therefore, all applicants must have their credentials recognized. Applicants must meet specific requirements for the selected study programme at VMU and meet the Lisbon Recognition Convention’s five elements.

The process of recognition is carried out together with the application process after the applicant fully uploads and submits the required documents in a single application on the DreamApply system. The applicant’s documents must also meet country specific requirements. By submitting the application, the applicant confirms that the submitted documents are correct, truthful and complete. In case the documents are suspected to be inauthentic, the university is obliged to forward it to the police.

Processing timeFeesRight to appeal

Academic recognition of foreign qualification is carried out within 1 month after the submission of all required documents, including any additional documents that have been requested.

Evaluation and recognition of qualifications are carried out free of charge. Please note that recognition evaluated by VMU is valid only for the selected study programme at VMU.

The decision on academic recognition made by Vytautas Magnus University may be appealed to the Study Quality Assessment Center. The appeal should be submitted to the Study Quality Assessment Center within 14 calendar days from the day of receipt of the decision on academic recognition by VMU.

All appeals must be submitted to:
The Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education
Tel: +37052104778
Fax: +37052132553
Email: recognition@skvc.lt
Address: A. Goštauto st. 12, LT-01108, Vilnius, Lithuania

Note: Only recognition decisions can be appealed. If you did not meet the specific requirements for Vytautas Magnus University’s programs, the decision cannot be appealed.


If you have any questions regarding your education certificates’ recognition, please contact the International Cooperation Department by e-mail: recognition@vdu.lt.